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SecondSpace enters second-home market

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SecondSpace, a Bellevue, Wash.-based Internet startup backed with venture funding, launched two real estate Web sites today targeting the growing vacation homes market. With and, the company aims to connect people to their next second home or land for sale and also to provide information about local services in the towns where their properties are located. SecondSpace was founded last year by two Internet veterans -- former Classmates executive Anil Pereira, and former Microsoft technical leader Alok Sinha. The team received $6.5 million in venture capital from Ignition Partners and an undisclosed partner last July. The second-home market includes some 43.8 million owners, according to Census Bureau data, and SecondSpace hopes to fill a niche with what it calls a "lifestyle marketplace" to give consumers all the information they need for their "home away from home." "The whole idea is to give people second lenses," said Pereira, president and CEO of the st...